Since 2015, MAKERFEST has celebrated the incredible employers and amazing talent that call the Greater Lima Region their home. We successfully moved the MAKERFEST event from the Civic Center Downtown to the Allen County Fairgrounds in 2019. Friday the first day of MAKERFEST each mid-October, skills competitions pit high school teams against one another in a series of face-offs to win either the original Maker Cup (skilled trades competitions) or the STEM Maker Cup (Brain Games competitions) or both. Local subject matter experts offer breakout session topics from “How to Know If You’re Cut Out to be an Engineer” to “A Robot’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Additionally, 100+ employers set up exhibits to meet and recruit talent from the upcoming workforce.
On Saturday, those same employers present immediate hiring opportunities to local adult job seekers as the MAKERFEST Job Fair is hosted by OhioMeansJobs-Allen County.
IN 2019, MAKERFEST NUMBERS WERE:
2 days – Fri, Sat, October 18-19
3 venues – Allen County Fairgrounds, Apollo Career Center, UA #776
96 Sponsoring Companies plus their representatives
1500 Students at MakerFest Career Expo
766 local job seekers a 53% increase from 2018 at Makerfest Job Fair
37 Regional Career Tech and High Schools
196 Teacher/Coaches from the High Schools
123 volunteers from different organizations
6 regional colleges and universities
8 Skilled Trades Competitions
14 “Brain Games” STEM Competitions
19 Breakout Sessions
Thousands of career connections made!
Presented by Greater Lima Region, Inc. and OhioMeansJobs-Allen County